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Village storm blows over wind farm plan  

Plans to build wind farms on the edge of the Peak District has sparked anger from a parish council.

Dunford Parish Council say proposals to erect 17 wind turbines around Crow Edge could open the floodgates to future eyesores on the natural beauty spot.

Developer R J Pears hopes to build six turbines, which measure 125 metres to the top of the blade, on Spicer Hill near Royd Moor Wind Farm and Blackstone Edge.

Royd Moor houses 13 turbines reaching 75 metres to the blade tips. Developers Eon plan to erect three 125 metre turbines on Blackstone Edge.

Barnsley Council has already granted planning permission for three 100 foot turbines at Crow Edge and is considering five further turbines at Langsett Reservoir.

Dunford parish councillor Alan Pestell said: “It’s gone barmy. There’s going to be too many.

“These wind farms are better at sea where the wind is constantly blowing. They can get a higher voltage and push it where its needed around the country without as much effort.

Wind farms are the most expensive form of producing electricity. Councils have to be seen to be green and it’s a shame the issue has been clouded by gesture politics.

“It’s bringing industrial uses into a rural area. Crow Edge is the biggest tourist area around Barnsley because of the views. If you cover the area in turbines you won’t be able to get away from them.

“Barnsley Council are trying to railroad it through. There has been talking more with the developers and less with councillors.

“I’m worried this will open the floodgates because once you let one development through it’s easier to allow another through.”

A Barnsley Council spokesman said: “Although the council receives expressions of interest from wind energy businesses which wish to exploit the favourable wind climate in parts of the borough, there is a distinction between the aspirations of the industry and landowners and the number of turbines that subsequently receive planning permission.

“There are currently no such planning applications under consideration and the only commitment is three turbines approved for a site behind Hepworth pipe works complex at Crow Edge. If further applications are submitted, Barnsley Council will subject the proposals to local consultation.

“The council has to assess all the material planning considerations in making decisions on wind energy proposals, including Government advice, regional and local planning policies.”

by David Himelfield

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

17 September 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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